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COSLA RESPONDS ON REVIEW

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The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities has broken its vow of silence on the review and put forward an eight p...
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities has broken its vow of silence on the review and put forward an eight point plan to the government for setting up an independent staff commission.

Scottish local government minister Allan Stewart had challenged COSLA on its non co-operation policy last month, inviting it to comment on proposals to set up a commission to oversee the implications of reform for employees.

At a press conference called this week specifically to explain its stance, COSLA released details of a letter from secretary general Roy McIver to the Scottish Office. 'The convention represents the interests of its member councils in all respects, including their interests as employers, and its decision to write to you on this subject should not be taken as an indication that its opposition to the government's proposals has lessened', the letter says.

COSLA rejects proposals to set up a body with a remit similar to that of the Staff Commission in England. Its plan calls for a 'genuinely independent' commission which consults regularly with employers and unions. Appointments should include at least one member nominated by COSLA and one by the Scottish TUC.

Its remit should be established in primary legislation and not be subject to ministerial amendments. Mr McIver stressed that Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations should apply to all employees affected by reorganisation.
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